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ata gĂźn aksu

undergraduate portfolio

ata gün aksu 05.07.1997 education ankara, tr 2015 - present

middle east technical university bachelor of architecture (cGPA, 3.50)

paris, fr 2017 - 2018

école nationale supériore d’architecture paris-belleville erasmus mobility student

ankara, tr 2011 - 2015

ted ankara college foundation private high school secondary education

ankara, tr 2013 - 2015

ted ankara college foundation private high school international baccalaureate diploma programme

ankara, tr 2005 - 2011

ted ankara college foundation private primary school primary education

experiences ankara, tr 06 - 07, 2016

metu summer practice 6 weeks summer practice about brick, tile, aerated concrete, heat insulation, painting & different building materials [hands-on training]

ankara, tr 08 - 09, 2016

azaksu architects worked in visualization and model making of several projects

ankara, tr 06 - 08, 2017

ronesans holding - MIT [national intelligence organization] building 8 weeks summer practice experiencing several construction methods and participation in construction actively

study abroad experiences eger, hu 2013 paris, fr 2017 - 2018

rotary youth exchange - short term home stay exchange program five weeks erasmus mobility program - ensa paris-belleville ten months

workshops - exhibitons naples, it 01, 2018 paris, fr 04, 2018

workshop UHPFRC - material optimisation and geometric exploration universitĂ federico iI di napoli & ensa paris-belleville [1 week in each] dicovering the potentials of ultra-high performances fibre reinforced concrete

paris, fr 06, 2018

babelville - founding member salon du batiment - exhibition, proposal for grand paris, 2070 project

venice, it 08, 2018

vardiya - the shift participant of 6th shift, turkish pavilion 16th venice architecture biennale

ankara, tr 12, 2018

tedu maus - workshops series 02 scripts of/on the boulevard ataturk boulevard: visual communication in public space

competitions efeler, tr 2016

efeler municipality service building architectural competition 3rd prize, azaksu architects skills rhinoceros grasshopper autocad revit architecture adobe photoshop adobe illustrator adobe indesign adobe lightroom microsoft office language

native fluent intermediate

turkish english french interests


professional swimmer - ted ankara college sports club classic guitar analog photography travelling

01 I erudite - scientific research centre I school project [metu] 09 I image, information and time I school project [ensa-pb] 21 I from the intimate to the collective I school project [ensa-pb] 33 I linear agora/antalya 2016 expo-site I school project [metu] 45 I vardiya -the shift I workshop [venice architecture bienale] 51 I workshop UHPFRC I workshop [paris, naples] 59 I atelier I photography class [ensa-pb]

erudite - scientific research center architectural design II spring 2017 [metu]


guven arif sargin inci basa marco bruno ela alanyali aral baris yigit

group members [site plan+library] abdirizak barre necdet ayik


in a newly urbanized district in south direction of ankara, in the middle of steppe, near all those residential blocks. a research centre with a main building and three research building [physics, chemistry and biology] where both theroretical and experimental acivities are to be accomodated. to preserve the morphology of the site, with the principle of minimum footprint, ending up with elevated buildings and a public platform connecting them ‘the deck’. navigation in the complex is on the deck and the very bold and tectonic deck transforms to an architectural program, library. each private node, faculty, has a unique relation with the deck. during the first phase site plan and the library were designed as a group and during the second phase each of us designed an individual faculty building, which we call as the private node.


minimum footprint preserving the morphology of the site necessitates elevated buildings necessitates a platform = deck public platform navigation in the complex is on the deck the deck forms programs at specific nodes infrastructure to program the very bold and tectonic deck transforms to an architectural program = library


library us shared between the institutes therefore sits in between the faculties. its location also gives it a broad vista of the landscape. each faculty has a unique relation with the deck.

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a’ a


site plan



physics institution has a relation with the deck which is different than the other institutions where the deck is passing through the building, while in the others it is the opposite. minimum footprint principle is kept and only connection with the ground level is the service module for the transportation of laboratory needs. from the exterior it is a simple box while in the inside it is made up of different levels. west and east facades are closed, the laboratories and classrooms are placed in the sides and faced to north facade to prevent any shadow caused by the natural light. public places are placed in the middle of the building, where the deck and the building intersects. seating and relaxing places are placed in the south facade for the academicians and the students. cubicles [working places] and reading places are placed for people to work and read in the +0.00 level.



view from the deck


image, information and time architectural design III fall 2017 [ensa-pb]



paul gresham

the aim is to deepen the notion of architecture as a temporal device, the confluece point between time, place, action, and memory. it proposes an exploration of this dimension of time in architecture, both theorizing and practicing. it started by thinking what the today’s libraries are and writing a manifest about it, including the program of these institution which is placed in the 20e arrondissement of paris. manifest is updated day by day throughout the design process and the project is shaped according to that.


manifest throughout history, printed media has been the main format of information. we store, use and share the information via printed media: books, maps, photos, etc. however, with improvements in technology, digital media has started to gain much more prevalence, steadily gaining considerable amount of acclaim in place of printed media. thus, the library being a time-honoured institution that has stored and circulated various sorts of printed media for decades, is finding itself on a precipice at the dawn of a digital era. what next? we cannot ignore the value of printed media therefore we can bring a ‘dual’ state into play. this can be further enhanced by rethinking and redefining the library as a program that supports all potent forms of printed and digital media. the digital program can be split into five clusters; create, share, document, consume, store. create people should experience and create new things in these institutions. workshops [fablabs] with 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, wood ateliers etc. should exist so that people can experience different materials. this paves way for an interactive hands-on experience and a chance for new inventions. share networking. includes the transfer, communication and streaming of information. the library should have the capacity to gather people of different cultural backgrounds from all walks of life and facilitate the sharing of information among one another. this necessitates spaces such as conference rooms and exhibition halls which will spark interactions and promote sharing. document one of the core benefits of print media is its enduring message due to its ever-lasting form. for reference purposes and the future generations, created and shared information should be digitally documented and published. necessary workspaces [offices] where people document information should be availed . consume the act of utilising the different sources of information. the institution should provide varying spaces that support this cause. these spaces can vary from niches and interstices that enhance personal work to large volumes that can handle a substantial number of people at once. store with the improvements in technology, how we store the information has changed. from bookshelves to digital environment such as clouds and drives that provide a vast reserve for information. in these institutions people should have access to different softwares where they can reach the information stored and the rather vestigial bookshelves. in conclusion, the digital program not only serves as a hub for the digital age but also accommodates and enhances the print media program. this creates a sense of duality where both programs have distinct identities but are consolidated into one: a library. 11





east facade


section north-south direction


section east-west direction


view from printed library towards street/stairs


view from printed library towards north facade


conference hall [share]


working place [consume]


from the intimate to the collective [de l’intime au collectif] architectural design IV spring 2018 [ensa-pb]



aghis pangalos

in the first phase of the studio, each student did a case study about themes related to social housing, such as distribution, repetition, use/counter use, sharing, autonomy, etc. in the second phase, we formed groups composed of four people and an empty site located in the 13th district of paris, is given to us. using the case studies and themes, site is divided into four as a group and each student worked on their own part. while dividing the site and designing the buildings, each student had to deal with some cases like not blocking the sun of neighbour building, etc. after that each student developed a project of social housing of approximately 40 housing. while being confronted with the problems of intervention in a dense urban fabric, based on the corpus of the first phase, the student will develop his project according to three axes of reflection: “urbanity / living in the city”, “the collective / the shared “and” housing / interiority “. during the design process, different aspects were discussed, such as the materiality of the envelope, cost of the construction, life quality of the apartments. dimension of spaces were done with respect to the french regulations considering disabled people, minimum space for the places to decrease the cost.


sloped form to get more daylight


ninth floor

eighth floor

seventh floor apar tments [private]

sixth floor [private]

fifth floor

for th floor

third floor

spor ts center / terrace [semi-public]

second floor

first floor

entrance / supermarket [public]

ground floor







ground floor

apar tment / spor ts center entrance garbage room

garbage room

spor ts center entrance apar tment entrance supermarket spor ts center


supermarket entrance

apartment/sports centre entrance

apartment/supermarket entrance 28

sports centre




changing room gym changing room studio technical room



running path/sports center


apartment distribution


number t1 8 t2 8 t3




t5 9 total

47 apartments


linear agora mega-event legacy urban strategies for post-event reuse antalya 2016 expo-site architectural design V fall 2018 [metu]



abdi güzer zeynep mennan lale özgenel egemen kızılcan

expo 2016 site is located in antalya, which is surrounded by agricultural lands and villages and connected to urban by railway. therefore, the site is located at the border between urban and rural. day by day with the expansion of urban through rural, physical boundaries between them are getting narrower. however, the reflections of technological developments cannot be seen on agricultural production and rural context, thus number of people moving from rural to urban is increasing due to the lack of work and education opportunities, resulting with the break away of everyday life from the landscape. the aim of the project is to create a hub, which is offering education and work opportunities for the people such as farmers, scientists and the public itself. while production, research and education are forming the first layer, a second layer, connecting the nodes, is proposed which hosts a market. these-days, affordable and accessible urban food markets are becoming more important with the need of fresh and healthy products. this market layer can also be called as agora.



noun, plural ag·o·rae [ag-uh-ree] /ˈæg əˌri/. (in ancient Greece) 1. a popular political assembly. 2. the place where such an assembly met, originally a marketplace or public square. 3. the Agora, the chief marketplace of Athens, center of the city’s civic life.

farmers market, for farmers to come and sell their products, which will work as a social hub that brings producer and consumer together. this market will also include cafe/restaurants, kitchens for visitors to cook their own food and kiosks for tasting different foods. also, these spaces can transform into a fairground where the development of agricultural technology can be exhibited.

main entrance, which is mainly used by people coming by tram. bicycles are provided. visitors can take them from the bicycle lot and use it during their visit.


farms, where experimental agriculture is going on with drones and robotic arms autonomously. they provide products for the market as well as a place for the visitors to learn and experience the production by being a part of it

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an assembly, stock market where farmers can come and discuss their problems with politicians, researchers, etc. it also hosts educational events and has an office for the agricultural stock exchange

mphitheatre, which is rmed by the existing pography and here the platform erges with the last vel of it

platform, that moves around the site having different relationships with the existing buildings and provides alternative circulation and recreation for the users

water, is connected to the both nearby rivers and circulates in the site. providing irrigation for the farms and cooling for the buildings

25 m.

sÄąite plan


3 types of relationships with the existing buildings

1. passing through, to involve the visitors to the discussions happening in the stock market that is the hearth of the hub 10 m.

2. neighbouring, creates a relationship with the topography and the green area around the site 10 m.

3. passing by, no direct relationship with the buildings but to give service the platform is branching towards them


10 m.

energy panels, for the market, farms, drones, robot arms, etc.

roof, following pattern of farms

the the

beams, supporting the roof and the rails

rails for arms,

service, wc, stairs structure




platform, walkway

water and farms, fields of agriculture

10 m.




products are carried to the market to sell or to cook by robot arms


robot arms are used for irrigation, seed dressing and disinfection


+5.00 +5.00

water body is used to support the irrigation and climatization











in the stock market prices of the products are fixed by the farmers



rails for robot arms


ground floor plan


from the fields, walkways around the farms and gathering places for people between them

inside the stock market, the platform is passing through, offices are provided and prices of the products are determined here with the participants from different fields


from the platform, circulates throughout the whole site between the rails of robot arms and fields, gives access to the existing buildings

market place, drones and robot arms operates the collection of products and bring them to the market to sell or use at the kiosks



images for the collage are taken from Rotterdam Market Hall.


(N)everland vardiya - the shift turkish pavilion 16th venice architecture biennale 08.2018


selen ercan david jenny orkun kasap nizam onur sรถnmez this project was a group work, in which 10 person worked equally throughout the process photos in the end were taken by me


(N)everland is based on the concept of ever-changing landscapes and their relation to human experience. during our shift, a sand-shaping material process will be investigated through the means of digitally controlled machines that allow participants and visitors to reflect on the ephemeral nature of landscapes and spatial formations. over the duration of the workshop, a prototypical installation in a state of constant adaptation will be presented. the centerpiece of the workshop is planned to be a ‘sandbox’ that can be digitally manipulated. the design process will be iterative – participants will interact with this self-contained space filled with sand, by making use of hardware and/or software tools, to reshape it continuously. by changing multiple parameters in a computational setup, participants will be able to explore the formation of non-permanent sandscapes. through the overlay of simple rules and the material interaction over time, complex temporary spatial formations will emerge. when the shift ends, documentation of these processes will be used as the medium to disseminate the ideas and approaches of the participants to the online reviewers, and to the larger audience of the 16th international architecture exhibition, la biennale di venezia.


Aras Kalkan, Ata Aksu, Eduardo Mouhtar

1.50 cm



6.00 cm

3.25 CM

Elevations Sandforming by blowing into a container and sweeping Aras Kalkan, Ata Aksu, Eduardo Mouhtar




A noozle section A Nozzle section Air cvavity B airB cavity C Shovel C shovel D Sweeper lock D sweeper lock

the blowing shovel Blowing Shovel oneThe of the characteristics of the sand used, was its low friction factor. inofthis One of the characteristics the after sand been used,modified was itsfrom low its sense, friction factor. In this sense, initial position, the sand tended to go after been modified from its inertly to its initial position. initial position, the sand





Elevations Sandforming by blowing into a container and sweeping








initil position. in this device, sand is being blown from curved surface introduced In a this device, sand is being from while a curved surface intoblown the sand. moving, sand is introduced into the sand. While been shaped by sweeping, while is moving, sand is been shaped by intermetitantly blowing pressurized sweeping, while is intermitantly blowing ocationally pressurized air, air, interrupting the forming interrupting ocationally the pattern. forrming pattern.


Aras Kalkan, Ata Aksu, Eduardo Mouhtar

Robot Paths Sandforming by blowing into a container and sweeping

robot paths


Aras Kalkan, Ata Aksu, Eduardo Mouhtar

prototypes Prototypes Sandforming by blowing into a container and sweeping

robot arm and noozle


patterns formed


workshop UHPFRC material optimisation and geometric exploration universitĂ federico iI di napoli - 01.2018 ensa paris-belleville - 04.2018 [1 week in each]



raphael fabbri bĂŠatrice gheno mattia federico leone jenine principe

the ultra-high performance fibre reinforced concrete [UHPRFC] is a new material whose characteristics allow new geometries: smooth shapes due to the absence of passive reinforcements, precise finishing due to the ultra-thin aggregates, flat cross-sections due to the hight strength. the aim of the workshop is to discover the possibilities offered by new materials, starting from their characteristics. we split in five groups, one for each kind of ‘shape generation’. using the phylogenetic tree, the groups designed several pavilion proposals, one for each final branch of the tree. the bifurcations of the phylogenetic tree are organized as follows: at first the ‘composition’, then the ‘schematic scheme’, and finally the ‘skin’. after that, each group decides to develop specifically one of the final branches. five pavilions are presented at the end of the first step. the geometry of the final pavilion is based on a folded surface, called ‘whirlpool’, made with triangle rows. the profile of the pavilion is bent in order to give it a double curvature and so, more stability. the modules are multiplied axisymmetrically to minimize the number of the moulds, having at the end just one mould for each triangle. the vertices of the triangles are cut to avoid sharp angels. the center of the element is open, for both light and weight reasons. the triangles are assembled together with bolts while a cork sheet is placed in between the connecting surfaces to guarantee a good contact. moreover, the contact surfaces are also folded to block the shear.


PHYLOGENETIC DIAGRAM Continuous skin Arch / Vault Portal frame

Openwork skin Gridshell Wireframe

Continuous skin Side wall

Openwork skin Gridshell Wireframe

Single surface (Division) Continuous skin Dome / Shell

Openwork skin Gridshell Wireframe

Continuous skin Funicular

Openwork skin Gridshell Wireframe

Continuous skin Arch / Vault Portal frame

Openwork skin Gridshell Wireframe

Continuous skin Side wall

Openwork skin Gridshell Wireframe

Combinaison of surfaces (Addition) Continuous skin Dome / Shell

Openwork skin Gridshell Wireframe

Continuous skin Funicular

Openwork skin Gridshell Wireframe


first phase/design





second phase/construction


atelier plastic arts elective photography - composition, frame spring 2018 [ensa-pb]



anne chatelut jean allard

the formation of the gaze is an fundamental aspect of space learning, perception and transcription. photography leads to revealing interpret, transform and compose. ‘writing with light’ is organizing form and material under a particular lighting, it is also positioning oneself in the surrounding world and deliberately choosing the moment and the field of a meaningful image. during the course, different methods of photography, such as photogram, pinhole camera, film photography and digital photography are experienced. at the end each student prepared their own portfolio composed of photographs with the topic ‘school’, using the methods they choosed. for the series ‘atelier’, all the photographs were taken during a workshop that i attended. the aim was to experience the space from different angles. each dual represent the same space from different angles or taken from the same point looking at different angles. all the photos in this series were taken using a film camera, developed and printed by me and presented as book at the end.










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